I've been pretty busy since my last post, with family in town and a happy little niece to chase around. So today, I offer you just a few words and a whole lotta photos. These pictures are from my parents' anniversary dinner at Woo Lae Oak, a Korean barbecue restaurant in Rolling Meadows. I love Korean barbecue -- it kind of reminds me of tapas, except Asian. And this time, we went with a real live Korean (Jenny's boyfriend, Terry)!
Our table and grill, before the feast.
Our table and grill, with banchan.
Hello, banchan. Clockwise, from top left: salted little fishies, fish cake type things, bright pink pickled radish (?), green onion bundles with spicy sauce, a scoop of mashed potato, and kimchi.
I think the little fishies are my favorite.
Hi there, little fishie.
Some interesting soup. A cold, pickled broth. With fruit! Yes, like apples and stuff. Like I said, it was interesting, but a good interesting. Kind of like a palate cleanser.
Here's the grill, heating up. The waitress cooked our meat at the table for us.
Aaaaand here's the meat. Clockwise from top left: bulgogi and chicken, some spicy meat, scallops and calamari, beef strips, more scallops and calamari, and galbi.
Oh! Here's some more banchan.
I ordered bi bim bap, because I just couldn't resist. It came with fresh salmon, but no fried egg. Which made me happy and sad all at the same time, but mostly just happy because oh how I love fresh salmon.
Mmm...galbi. So flavorful and tender and juicy and special.
We got a big plate of lettuce to make wraps.
An awesome meal. Definitely better than that place in Lisle that Murdo and I went to. Murdo couldn't make it to Woo Lae Oak, so I'll definitely be back there with him.
*A special thanks to Jenny, my assistant photog during the meal.